Part 1 of a three-part series.
An alarming number of women die while pregnant or shortly after giving birth in Texas. According to national researchers who say the U.S. as a whole has a serious problem, Texas is an “outlier” when it comes to its high rate of maternal deaths.
Last year, Texas lawmakers directed a task forceinvestigating maternal deaths to come up with best practices to curb those deaths. Experts and advocates say that task force should be looking at one state in particular: California.